Richard Henyekane, a former South Africa striker, has been killed in a car crash, his club the Free State Stars confirmed.
The 31-year-old player was travelling with four other people in a vehicle but was the only person to die in the crash. Henyekane made nine appearances for South Africa in 2009. He was on loan at Free State Stars from Pretoria’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
Henyekane was used as a substitute in Stars’ 1-0 loss to AmaZulu in the east coast city of Durban in the Premier Soccer Leagueon Saturday.
South African media reported the crash happened in Bethlehem, the town in central South Africa where Free State Stars are based.
Other South African clubs, the South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan, and the minister of sport sent messages of condolence for Henyekane.
Henyekane’s younger brother, Joseph, who was also a footballer, died in December.
South Africa has a poor road safety record. The former 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died in a road accident late last year.